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Turkey’s Ruling Party Set to Win 3rd Term

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister and his Islamic-rooted party are poised to win a third straight term in power Sunday. Boosted by a booming economy and rising power on the world stage, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, now hopes to gain a crucial two-thirds majority in parliament, which would allow it to […]

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Campaigning Ends Before Turkish Elections

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Campaigning is ending ahead of Turkey’s parliamentary elections Sunday, with the ruling Islamic-rooted party expected to come out on top. Political parties held their final rallies Saturday. Polls open Sunday at 7 am in the country’s eastern provinces, and an hour later in west. Boosted by a booming economy and rising power on the world […]

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Turkey’s Ruling Islamic-Rooted Party Expected to Win Elections

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Boosted by a booming economy and rising power on the world stage, Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted party is expected to easily win parliamentary elections being held on Sunday. Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Justice and Development party now hopes to gain a crucial two-thirds majority in parliament, which would allow it to change the […]

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Turkish PM Unveils Plans to Restructure Ministries

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a plan to restructure the Cabinet by merging some ministries, scrapping others and creating six new ones, including one to oversee Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. Mr. Erdogan announced the changes at a press conference Wednesday, just four days before Turkey holds parliamentary elections. The […]

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Turkish PM Unveils Plans to Restructure Ministries

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a plan to restructure the Cabinet by merging some ministries, scrap others and create six new ones, including one to oversee Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. Mr. Erdogan announced the changes at a press conference Wednesday, just four days before Turkey holds parliamentary elections. The […]

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Former Coup Leader Questioned in Turkey

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A former Turkish president who came to power in a military coup has been questioned by officials deciding whether to indict him. Prosecutors on Monday questioned 93-year-old Kenan Evren at his home in Ankara as part of a preliminary inquiry into the coup. The former army chief led the coup in 1980 and then served […]

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Turkish Court Sentences 6 Soldiers in Murder of Armenian Journalist

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has sentenced six military officers to up to six months in prison in connection with the 2007 murder of prominent Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. The court in the northern city of Trabzon on Thursday convicted the officers of negligence in preventing Dink’s murder, by ignoring intelligence about a plot to kill […]

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Turkish PM Blames Opposition for Pre-election Violence

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the opposition for provoking clashes in Turkey ahead of June 12 parliamentary elections. In a speech in Istanbul Wednesday, Mr. Erdogan said the provocations were a ploy to drag his ruling Justice and Development Party into what he called a “trap,” and vowed to steer clear of […]

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Turkish PM Pledges More Investment for Kurds, Unrest Continues

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister has announced new projects for the country’s biggest Kurdish city, in what is viewed as an attempt to gain Kurdish support ahead of the June 12 parliamentary elections. Speaking in Istanbul Wednesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans for boosting economic and social development in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. The […]

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